Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Prism on Ice is an upcoming ice show for Sailor Moon and now we know the whole cast and it is incredible. Leading the Sailor Guardians is two-time Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia as Sailor Moon.
She will be joined by four-time Japanese national champion Satoko Miyahara as Sailor Mercury, Olympic bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu as Sailor Mars, two-time U.S. national champion Alissa Czisny as Sailor Jupiter, 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion Becky Bereswill as Sailor Venus, and two-time Grand Prix Final champion Andrew Poje as Tuxedo Mask.
In addition to the talent of these incredibly skilled skaters, the voice cast of Sailor Moon Crystal will be reprising their roles. Sailor Moon is voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi, Sailor Mercury by Hisako Kanemoto, Sailor Mars by Rina Sato, Sailor Jupiter by Ami Koshimizu, and Sailor Venus by Shizuka Ito.
Prism on Ice will perform for three nights at KOSE Shin Yokohama Skate Center in Kanagawa Prefecture, from June 5-7. I really hope that this show goes international. I’d love to watch this!
Sailor Moon has appeared in live action stage plays, in attractions that were created for Universal Studios Japan, as well as in numerous anime movies, series, and manga volumes. Now, Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts are looking to conquer the ice with an upcoming ice show that is dubbed "Sailor Moon Prism On Ice". With the winter show arriving in Japan this summer, Olympic skater Evgenia Medvedeva has agreed to play the titular role for the show based on her love of the series and anime in general.
Evgenia hasn't kept her love of the medium of anime a secret, as she has skated during performances wearing Sailor Moon outfits in a nod to one of her favorite series. While no story details about the upcoming anime show on ice have been released as of yet, we'll be keeping an eye out for whether or not the ice extravaganza decides to adapt past stories of the Sailor Scouts or instead decides to create an entirely new story.
The next appearance of Sailor Moon in anime format will be the movie, Sailor Moon Eternal, which will be released in September of this year. While a new anime series hasn't been confirmed, we're crossing our fingers that Serena and the rest of the scouts make their eventual return to the small screens!
What other anime do you think should get ice shows of their own? Would you want to see Sailor Moon's ice show when it debuts later this year? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @evcomedy to talk all things comics, anime, and Sailor Moon!
Sailor Moon was originally created by Naoko Takeuchi for Nakayoshi magazine in 1991. More than 20 years later, Sailor Moon stands as one of the most influential shojo series ever created; popularizing the magical girl sub-genre with fans all over the world. It would be the perfect series from which to pull possible Jeopardy questions from. Surely Borer would have the edge in such a case if she continues on her winning streak on the show.
It's weird that there’s never been an official "Sailor Moon" ice skating show, isn’t it? A cast of lanky characters, with penchants for flowing fashions and dramatic poses, set to a sweeping score…all of it sounds like it’d transition effortlessly from anime screen/manga page to ice rink.
And yet, it’s never happened. That’s going to change soon, though, with the "Sailor Moon Prism on Ice" skate show set to open in Japan.
“Wait,” you might be saying. “I know I’ve seen a professional figure skater dressed as Sailor Moon before.” If so, you’re probably thinking of Evgenia Medvedeva. The Russian skater and two-time world champion is indeed a huge fan of Sailor Moon, and even got to meet series creator Naoko Takeuchi on a trip to Japan a few years back. Medvedeva is about to take her superfandom to the highest possible level, though, since she’s the one who’ll be portraying Sailor Moon in "Sailor Moon Prism on Ice."
Medvedva recently made her first in-costume appearance at an event promoting the opening of ticket sales for the show. Officially, she’s credited for the roles of both Sailor Moon and Usagi Tsukino, the heroine’s ordinary-schoolgirl alter ego. That suggests that "Sailor Moon Prism on Ice" will contain recreations of the series’ iconic transformation scenes when Usagi has to spring into action.
Of course, "Sailor Moon" is a story about a team of friends who help each other in their fight against evil, so the other Inner Sailor Senshi will be taking to the ice as well. The international core cast will also include Japanese figure skaters Satoko Miyahara and Mirai Nagasu as Sailors Mercury and Mars and Americans Alissa Czisny and Becky Bereswill as Sailors Jupiter and Venus.
The male cast is multi-ethnic as well. The role of Tuxedo Mask/Chiba Mamoru belongs to Canadian Andrew Poje, while villainous Jadeite will be portrayed by Japanese skater Takahito Mura, whose countryman Seiya Hashimoto will skate as Zoisite. Rounding out the quartet of antagonists will be Canadian Dylan Moscovitch as Nephrite and American Jason Brown as Kunzite. No word as to whether original-arc archnemesis Queen Beryl will be part of the plot, but singer Anza is slated for a special (ostensibly non-skating) appearance as Queen Serenity.
The ice show’s script is being written by Takuya Hiramitsu, whose resume includes over a dozen of the Sailor Moon stage musicals, stretching back to 1994, as well as adaptations of Shakespeare’s "Richard III," "Macbeth" and "Othello." And for those hoping for a direct connection to the anime series, Mitsuishi Kotono, Sailor Moon’s anime voice actress will be lending her vocal talents to the show, as will the other voice actresses for the Inner Senshi from "Sailor Moon Crystal."
"Sailor Moon Prism on Ice" will be performed five times over three days in June (twice on June 5, twice on June 6, and once on June 7) at the Kose Shin Yokohama Skate Center in Yokohama. Tickets are on sale now for members of the series’ official fan club, Pretty Guardians, and go on sale to the general public on March 16 through Lawson Ticket service.
Two-time Olympic champion figure skater Evgeni Plushenko expressed his opinion regarding the future of Russian star Evgenia Medvedeva, saying she should finish her career and concentrate on exhibitions. “Medvedeva has been representing our country for many years and I think it’s time for her to finish [her] sporting career and stop skating. She should concentrate on exhibition shows and enjoy skating there,” Plushenko said.
“She can’t compete against quad-jumping girls, it’s impossible. If she wants to be fifth or seventh – it’s her choice.”
“My son is just seven years old, but he already has four big sponsors. My wife (producer Yana Rudkovskaya) has been promoting him. I’m even afraid to [say the] sums of money that he earns, but they are fantastic. This is… excellent management and promotion in my opinion,” Plushenko added.
In December, Plushenko was embroiled on a huge row with renowned Russian coach Eteri Tutberidze after suggesting that Zagitova, who had put her competitive career on hold, wouldn’t return to professional sports.